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Latest 'Open Source' & eHealth News from Europe

The news just keeps coming about the widespread acceptance and increasingly rapid deployment and use of 'open source' software solutions by local and national government agencies in Europe. Federal, state, and local government agencies across the U.S. should pay close attention. Read More »

Linux is Everywhere. We show you exactly where

Rahul Bali | Linux Federation | December 23, 2013

” Linux is Everywhere. From Space Stations to Microwave Ovens, Linux powers everything.” You might have heard that a lot and have always wondered ” Is that just a phrase or is it actually true? “Be assured, it is true." Read More »

Linux Won The Desktop Wars A Long Time Ago

Chris Hall | FOSS Force | February 7, 2013

Linux has won the desktop wars and Tux now represents the dominant desktop operating system. We’ve been in this position for a while now. The reason many of us haven’t recognized it is because this win doesn’t look anything like we thought it would. When wishes come true, they’re rarely what we envisioned. Read More »

Man Overboard: GNOME Cofounder Joins The Mac Side

Katherine Noyes | LinuxInsider | March 11, 2013

It seems fair to say that the FOSS community sees its ranks expand just about every day, as new fans of free and open source software join the fold. Just look at the fledgling Linux Advocates site for a shining example. Read More »

Mark Johnson Of OSS Watch Opens Up About The Challenges Of Open Source Procurement

Jen Wike | OpenSource.com | June 2, 2014

The OSS Watch blog has been on our radar for a while now as a great resource for open source commentary. We've looked to their team, including development manager Mark Johnson, for thought leadership on how open source software is being used and to gauge the pulse of the open source movement...

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Ministry of ICT and NITA Uganda Urge on Adoption of Open Source Software

Nathan Ernest Olupot | PC Tech | August 22, 2016

Ministry of ICT and NITA Uganda Urge on Adoption of Open Source Software
Increased awareness, integration and adoption of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) in Uganda, both by government and the private sector is key to improved service delivery by government, reduced cost of public service deliver as well as improve competitiveness of Uganda’s ICT and ICT Enabled Services (ITES), Hon. Frank Tumwebaze, Uganda’s ICT and National Guidance Minister has said...

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MIT Map Offers Real-Time, Crowd-Sourced Flood Reporting during Hurricane Irma

Press Release | Massachusetts Institute of Technology | September 8, 2017

As Hurricane Irma bears down on the U.S., the MIT Urban Risk Lab has launched a free, open-source platform that will help residents and government officials track flooding in Broward County, Florida. The platform, RiskMap.us, is being piloted to enable both residents and emergency managers to obtain better information on flooding conditions in near-real time...

New German coalition backs local-owned or 'open source' software

Loek Hessers | ComputerWorld UK | December 18, 2013

Germany's new coalition government listed open source software among its IT policy priorities... Read More »

New Open Source Program Director Supports Students' Passions at the Rochester Institute of Technology

The Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) is well-known for its work in open source software through FOSS@MAGIC. In April 2014, RIT started to offer a minor in free and open source software. Students work on several different open source projects in their GitHub organization. One of the courses in the minor, Humanitarian Free and Open Source Software Development, has students work with the One Laptop per Child XO laptops. Students create games that help teach New York and Massachusetts fourth grade math curriculum. Dan Schneiderman is the new head of the FOSS@MAGIC program at RIT...

News Flash: Oracle Still Hates Open Source Software

Matt Asay | ReadWrite | October 15, 2013

It's no wonder that Google, Red Hat and others have been abandoning Oracle's most visible open-source project, MySQL. Read More »

Now, It’s The Turn Of Open Source Hardware Movement

Arun Jayan | The New Indian Express | February 25, 2013

After the open source software movement in the IT sector, the new wave is that of open source hardware, wherein the information about the hardware can easily be discerned and it can be further customised. Read More »

On the Importance of Patient Empowerment and Open Source: A Medicine X panel Weighs In

Jennifer Huber | Stanford Medicine News | September 16, 2016

It’s your body, so you should have access to all of your medical data, right? This morning at the Medicine X session on data and devices, I learned that liberating your own medical data — or devices — will probably not be so simple. The conversation was started by Ben West, a software engineer and co-founder of the Nightscout Project, which supports the creation of open-source technology for people with Type 1 diabetes...

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Open Advice Offers Guidance for New Open Source Contributors and the More Experienced

Ruth Suehle | opensource.com | February 13, 2012

A new book sharing the perspectives of 42 open source contributors launched this month at FOSDEM. Open Advice, edited by Lydia Pintscher, shares what those successful people wish they'd known when they got started with open source software.

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Open Health News 2012 Readers Choice: Most viewed 'Open Source' eHealth software

The global 'open source' software movement continues to grow and strengthen, especially in the field of healthcare. Based on the number of hits by readers of Open Health News (OHN) on links to 'open source' eHealth systems, the following are their top choices of interest:  Read More »

Open Labs Leads 48-Hour Hackathon for Good

The local hackerspace in Tirana, Albania might be small, but they make up for size in spirit. During the weekend of March 18-19, 2017, the Open Labs Hackerspace organized the first-ever, 48-hour "open source" hackathon focused on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The UN Sustainable Development Goals are 17 objectives identified by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to build a better world, starting in our own communities. Some of the goals include quality education, gender equality, decent work and economic growth, clean energy, and more....